Disclosure: Diary of a First Time Mom is proud to partner with Denny’s as a #DennysDiners Blogger Ambassador. Stay tuned for exclusive content and menu news. Although we’re being compensated in some form, all opinion remain our own. Dear Diary, This week, we returned from our summer vacation–a Caribbean cruise with lots of family, fun and food. So many meals, I’m counting calories and debating whether or not to do a cleanse! The ship offered every food we could crave. Caitlynn and I snacked on sushi, chomped on chicken curry and drooled over desserts, which were delivered directly to our cabin! Before we ate, we thanked God for our bountiful blessings. I know all kids aren’t as fortunate when it comes to food. Back home in Pittsburgh, one in five children struggle with hunger, and only 47 percent of kids who eat free/reduced price lunch at school also eat breakfast there. Denny’s is trying to change that. Now through October 2nd, Denny’s restaurants nationwide will join the fight to end childhood hunger with all proceeds going directly to No Kid Hungry. Through No Kid Hungry, every $1 donation provides a child with 10 healthy meals. So every penny counts! To thank diners who donate, Denny’s will provide a discount coupon redeemable at participating locations upon their next visit. Denny’s will also donate $1 to No Kid Hungry every time the hashtag #ShareMySlam is shared on Twitter and Instagram, giving guests another way to help this important cause. To-date, Denny’s donated more than $3.3 million to No Kid Hungry. If you need another reason to head to Denny’s, go for the pancakes! Denny’s is serving up “Free Pancakes for Kids” (ages 10 & under) all through September from 4-10 p.m. with the purchase of one adult entrée at participating locations. The pancakes—now with 50 percent fluffier—are featured throughout the kids menu and for the first time are offered in variety of new kid-sized signature dishes, including the Jr.Cinnamon Pancakes, Jr. Strawberries & Cream Pancakes and Chocolate Chip Pancakes. After you eat, you can work off the sweet treats by volunteering at the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank, a No Kid Hungry partner. Four Ways to Support the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank Go Gleaning What’s gleaning you ask? Glean means to harvest. Your family would go into the fields of local farmer and pick their extra or unmarketable produce. Gleaned produce is picked up at the farm, taken back to the Food Bank and then distributed to families in need. Pack Produce Produce to the People is the Food Bank’s large-scale produce distribution program. Volunteers help pack produce into household size portions, which are distributed at 17 different sites each month. Families receives 30-50 pounds of food, mostly fresh produce. It’s an additional resource to the local pantry, so families can utilize both. This is a great opportunity for face-to-face interactions with community members. Some volunteers assist families in transporting the items from the tables to their cars. Sort and Pack Volunteers sort and pack donated products to be distributed to a network of agencies and food panties. Support Community Events Over the course of the year, the Food Bank and its community partners organize special events in order to raise money to operate, such as Empty Bowls and Fall Food Share. Want to sign up to volunteer? Email or call Beci Russell at VolOps@pittsburghfoodbank.org/412-460-3663 x301. Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.